You can be forgiven if Bimota isn’t top of mind when it comes to listing exotic
Italian manufacturers. Despite an illustrious history in the 1970s and ’80s,
which included more racing successes than we care to remember, the company went
through a rough patch in the 1990s and closed its doors. More than once, in fact.
FLATTERING: Bimota's latest star, the DB10 Bimotard, is based on the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO.
Since it was bought by a group of investors in 2003 the company has been
keeping a relatively low profile, but that might well change with the striking
As the name suggests, the DB10 Bimotard wants a share of the glory of the Ducati
Hypermotard 1100 EVO on which it is based. The Bimotard is treated to its own
modified frame and swingarm, though.
LOW MASS, BIG POWER
Bimota was also responsible for the bike’s
exhaust system and its fully adjustable suspension.
Its total weight is 168kg, that’s 4kg less than the Ducati Hypermotard, and power
comes courtesy of a Ducati-sourced 1078 cc, air-cooled, V-twin creating 72kW at
7500rpm. The DB10 Bimotard gets its
stopping ability from radial-mounted, four piston Brembos in front that bite
into 320mm discs.
The company has not announced any pricing for the new model yet, but be sure it
will sport a premium over the comparative Ducati model.